Glaciers and Bikers

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End Jul 05, 2008


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Glacier View Campground

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Thursday, June 19, 2008


After a good night's sleep, we hit the Yellow Head Highway and did breakfast at a rest stop on the Fraser River. Breakfast was bacon and eggs and fresh coffee made by Mickey, while Gary took pictures! Our goal today is to reach the Cassiar Highway, about 130 miles fom Prince Rupert on the Pacific. The Cassiar is the alternative route to Alaska, hooking up with the AlCan at Watson Lake. It’s about 1/3 gravel, but the gravel can be better to drive on than the frost-heaved AlCan, sometimes. Stop the presses!! We just saw our first grizzly! The distinctive brown fur with silver tips on its back and its massive size confirmed this was not a black bear. It was attempting to cross the highway, but quickly disappeared into the bush when we drove closer. Mickey decided not to get out and try to take a picture! Immediately thereafter, while still typing the info about the grizzly, we saw two black bears having breakfast. They also disappeared before we could get a picture. Now back to the Cassiar… fuel stops are few so good planning is required. Stop the presses again!!! Found another black bear having breakfast right next to the road. Gary got some fantastic pictures!! From the first sighting of bear to now was about five minutes. This is a whole lot more fun than John Ball Zoo! Back to the Cassiar again…Mickey’s looking forward to stopping at Jade City again, where the local industry is jade mining. Four years ago, when we stopped, they had just (and I mean that day) gotten phone service! So our next blog will probably be from Watson Lake in three days. Truck’s running great; the camper is feeling like home. We’re even getting used to the thinner mattress. However, we miss Tuck! We’re still planning on trying to sell our "little house on the freeway" in Alaska, but like with any home seller, there’s always some remorse involved. So if we end up driving back, that’s o.k., too.

We thought we were done with this blog, but “bear” with us. When we went to load the pictures on the computer, the Type II media was in the USB card reader, i.e., no bear pictures! The tech problem being we’ve got the GPS plugged, the computer charging, two cell phones, a USB card reader all going at the same time! How did our forefathers make it? (Mothers didn’t [don’t] need all these gadgets!) We “bearly” started shutting the computer down when, lo and behold, another bear!! Mickey quickly grabbed the Type II media, removed it from the USB card reader, holstered it into the camera, turned it on, gave it to Gary and he clicked away, “bearly” keeping the truck on the road as he backed up to get a better shot. That’s all for now, unless we come across a moose!

We're on the Yellow head Highway and stopped at a bladder flatter stop just west of Burnes Lake, where we ran into Paul Short on his 2007 Kawasaki KLR 650 (the kind that Gary wants to buy) on his way back from Alaska. After confirming that Paul thought that this was a great bike for touring, gas mileage (50 MPG vs 10 for us), and reliability Gary called Mickey over to show her the answer to prayer in Paul. Paul was from Ozark Mo. and moved around a lot as a construction worker. We got to talking about churches (as in we're meeting a group from church in Alaska) and he said he'd been a Baptist, Missouri Lutheran, First Christian Church, and a Free Methodist something. It kind of depended on where he lived, Missouri - Lutheran, Oklahoma - Baptist, etc. We explained what CRC was and he said that he believed "no other truth than the Bible". We said amen brother and after getting more details on the KLR (he said the Corbin seat is a must have), wished each other Godspeed and pressed on.
We're overnight in Smithers at the Glacier view campground and in townn saw signs for several Reformed Churches and a lot of First Nation People (the correct Canadian term for Indians). The picture is of Hudson Bay Mountain at 8450', right across from our campground. Mickey's calling that the pasta is done, so until the next one.


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